While other casinos in New England are bracing for changes in the casino landscape after the Massachusetts Repeal Vote and the Newport Casino referendum in November, Foxwoods is looking at expanding and renovating inside and out. Recently, Steven Tanger, CEO of Tanger Factory Outlets described the Tanger project at Foxwoods Resort as “building a bridge connecting the Grand Pequot Hotel and the [Fox Tower] Hotel casino floors. It will be about a 325,000-square-foot shopping center, but on a bridge. It will just be like one aisle way and you turn to your left or turn to your right, there’s a store on either side. That’s an interesting format; very expensive engineering task to build, but we’re under construction now.”
So I paid a visit to see how the process is going.
Besides the huge Tanger project, there’s a lot more going on to improve hotel and retail options. First of all, a $23 million renovation of rooms in the Grand Pequot tower is well on it’s way to completion. Having stayed in one of the renovated rooms, all I can say is “Bravo!”
The $15 million makeover of food-and-beverage and retail in Foxwoods’ concourse area began this spring and is almost half way finished.
Annette DeBois, vice president of retail development and operations, recently reported to Brian Hallenbeck of the Day the following:
“We’ve taken out all the kiosks and created big glass facades……… concourse shops tilt toward key brands and gift categories rather than apparel, since that’s what’s coming in the Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods.”
So, included throughout today’s post are a few pictures showing the changes. The Concourse is looking bright, fresh and modern.
That’s all for now.